Oakland, CA — March 1942
A large sign reading “I am an American” placed in the window of a store, at 13th and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war
During World War II, 700 Japanese American UC students were interned and forced from school. Many never returned to complete their degrees. Honorary degrees are now being awarded to some of these students.
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